Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips

The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes — it’s alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2012, almost HALF of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on October 31. Don't let Halloween turn into a nightmare! A few key safety points: 

   > Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to have a drink or two. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.  

   > If you’re at a Halloween party and see someone who is about to drive drunk, take their keys and help them find a safe ride. If the person says they’re not drunk, remind them that buzzed driving is drunk driving and help them find a safe ride.  

   > If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911. It IS your business—you could save a life.  
Motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians walking the streets, many of them kids. Here are some helpful reminders: 

   > Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

   > Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 

   > Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
   > At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

   > Never use your cell phone while driving. 

And finally, some tips for your kids:

   >  Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.

   >  Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone. 

   >  Give your children flashlights with fresh batteries to help them see and for others to see them. 

   >  Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication. 

   >  Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children. 

   > Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.  

   > Walk, do not run, from house to house.  

   > Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
 Have a happy and safe Halloween! (Go easy on those fun-size candy bars.)